Senior IPS officer Syed Asif Ibrahim will
take over as the next Director of Intelligence Bureau (IB). He
will be the
first Muslim officer to head the organisation in its history.
Fifty nine-year-old Ibrahim, will
take over as officer on special duty on December 1, a procedure
for smooth transition of power from the incumbent Director to the
new one, official sources said.
Ibarhim's appointment as IB chief is
coming at a time when accusations against the Indian investigating
agencies and police officials are rife that they are arresting
"innocent" Muslim youths in terror cases without "concrete"
He will be taking over from Nehchal
Sandhu who retires on December 31. He will have a fixed tenure of
two years beginning January one, 2013.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh cleared the name of Ibrahim, a 1977 batch
IPS officer from Madhya Pradesh cadre. The clearing of his name comes within two days of the appointment
of CBI director Ranjit Sinha.
The second in command at present in
the organisation R N Gupta, a 1976 batch IPS officer of Himachal
Pradesh cadre, has been shifted as Officer on Special Duty to the
Cabinet Secretariat while V Rajagopal of the same batch from UT
cadre, has moved to Joint Intelligence Committee.
Ibrahim commands respect in the intelligence community and is
being described as an able successor to Nehchal Sindhu. Presently,
he looks after cyber espionage, apart from other aspects of
The Appointments Committee of the
Cabinet (ACC) has also cleared the name of Alok Joshi as the new
Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) chief.
Currently chief of Aviation Research
Centre (ARC), the aviation intelligence arms of the RAW, Joshi
will take over the charge from Sanjeev Tripathi when the latter
retires at end of the year.
Joshi has had a stint with the IB,
being the station chief at Lucknow, before he came back to RAW and
was elevated to head the ARC. Amitabh Mathur will succeed Joshi at
The IB is responsible for intelligence gathering within the
country’s borders, while the RAW is entrusted with the task of
gathering external intelligence.